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New Light Bulb Law (Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007) - The Basics

The law:

  • does not ban the use or purchase of incandescent bulbs.

  • does not ban the sale or manufacture of ALL incandescent bulbs, just those common household incandescent (and other) bulbs that are not energy-efficient.

  • does not require the use of compact fluorescent bulbs.

  • requires about 25 percent greater efficiency (that is, less energy use) for household light bulbs that have traditionally used between 40 and 100 watts of electricity.

  • exempts many bulbs, including specialty bulbs, three-way bulbs, chandelier bulbs, refrigerator bulbs, plant grow lights and others.

  • was passed by Congress and signed by President Bush in 2007 and is implemented by the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • includes many other provisions that do not pertain to lighting. Some of these provisions call for: higher gas mileage in automobiles; transportation electrification; increased reliance on biofuels; and training for green jobs.

  • View more information about the new "light bulb law" from:

B is the correct answer.

YES TO AIRING OUT: If a CFL breaks at home, one of the best things you can do is air out the room for 5-10 minutes by opening a window or door to the outdoor environment. Learn the most important steps to take.

NO TO VACUUMING: Vacuuming is not recommended unless broken glass remains after all other cleanup steps have been taken. Vacuuming could spread mercury-containing powder or mercury vapor.

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